Monthly Archives: November 2019

5th Annual Pardoning of the Turkey

The Franklin Farmers Market 5th annual Pardoning of the Turkey is Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 10am presented by Walker Chevrolet. This fun, family-oriented event is centered on our market turkey, Danny, of Earth’s Advocates Research Farm. Children will be delighted to meet and pet the Royal Palm Heritage breed turkey that will be pardoned by the TN Commissioner of Agriculture, Dr. Charlie Hatcher. 

Fans of Danny the Turkey gather for the Franklin Farmers Market Pardoning of the Turkey in 2018.






Children are invited to download a coloring sheet from the website the week of the event and write a letter to the TN Commissioner of Agriculture asking him to grant amnesty to Danny for Thanksgiving. There will also be a coloring tent set up for children visiting the market who want to color and write a letter on Danny’s behalf along with free face painting. Kids can also enjoy Trampoline jumping provided by market sponsor Springfree Trampoline. 

Chef Michael Martin of Southfork Catering will be cooking up samples of roasted sweet potatoes from Delvin Farms, turnip greens from Kirkview Farm and a new Cornbread Donut from Ellie’s Old Fashioned Doughnuts. This cornbread donut is a new item from Ellie’s and we are delighted to debut it at this special event. So for all you fans of Ellie’s Old Fashioned Doughnuts, you might try using the delicious new cornbread donut as stuffing for your Thanksgiving Day Turkey! 















The November farmers market is full of beautiful produce you may not know is still in season, just in time for Thanksgiving! November 23rd is the perfect time to buy your sweet potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, leafy greens, radishes, turnips, pumpkins, winter squashes and more! Some farmers will still have cherry tomatoes available to go with the lettuce. Bring your children to the market as we give thanks to the farmers and teach them where our food is grown and enjoy our wonderful celebration of Pardoning of the Turkey! 

The Franklin Farmers Market is open year-round with winter hours of 9am-12pm. The market is located at 230 Franklin Road behind the Factory.